April 15, 2020

Essentials for Vacuuming

I am a bit fussy about vacuuming and good vacuuming tools. Why? If you’re trying to get rid of toxins in your home and keep the air you breathe as healthy as possible, you need a vacuum cleaner that not only removes dirt but also filters out those microscopic toxic particles that you can’t see. Did you know that toxins can actually ‘ride’ on dust and stick around in our homes? Getting those toxins out of the house and air and safely stored in the bag of a vacuum cleaner is essential to me. A vacuum with a HEPA filter and bags (not canisters) is essential in my book. Does this mean that I think everyone should get a new vacuum cleaner?  Absolutely not. But when it’s time, look for these things in your new vacuum cleaner.  I love my Miele vacuums and have been wholeheartedly recommending and using them for years – bags, HEPA filtration, and tools galore. You can see all my favorites here.

Why do I vacuum on Wednesdays?

Since we dusted yesterday, we vacuum today to get up the dust. Bonus, it’s a great way to give your home that just-cleaned feeling in the middle of the week. Remember the bathroom floors that you left on Monday? You’re going to vacuum those today too. If you sweep or dry dust hard surface floors instead of vacuuming, you can stick with that method, the main goal is to cover all the floors today.

Concentrate on what you can do today – even if you have 10-15 minutes, do something!

Make sure you grab the printable Cleaning Class Kit – it’s FREE this week only and there’s a 15% off coupon in there for the shop too!

Grab the kit here!

Here’s what I want you to do today for vacuuming:

  • Start on the upper level of your home if you have one, if you don’t, start at the room farthest away from the entry to that level. Go to the farthest corner of the room and vacuum your way out of the room from left to right.
  • If you have extra time and want to do a more thorough job, vacuum a second time in the opposite direction. This might seem counterproductive or like too much work, but it’s a great way to get embedded dirt, pet hair, dust, dander, and anything else that you want out of your carpet. This will keep those vacuum lines evident and also let you see what you’ve already vacuumed.
  • Do a thorough vacuuming in each room, taking care to vacuum edges and corners and under furniture if you are able. You’ll find that doing a really good job as you get started will make vacuuming weekly much easier.

I add vacuuming-related cleaning tasks from the Rotating Tasks on Wednesday as I am able to.

If you have a hard time vacuuming and not washing the floors right afterwards, this post shares some tips for splitting up vacuuming and floor washing (Thursday’s task).

This post is part of Cleaning Class – I’ll be on Instagram quite a bit this week in Stories and going live – make sure you’re following along over there too.

I’m linking up the days as we go this week – click below on any day to catch up!

Cleaning Class Introduction Post
NEW here? Start with this post —-> It’s Cleaning Class Week – DAILY TASKS
Monday – BATHROOMS + daily tasks
Tuesday – DUSTING + daily tasks
Wednesday – VACUUMING + daily tasks
Thursday – FLOOR WASHING + daily tasks
Friday – CATCH-ALL DAY + daily tasks
Saturday – SHEETS + TOWELS + daily tasks

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